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Board of Trustees

Rolleston College Board

Every state and state-integrated school and kura in New Zealand has a board of trustees that governs it. The board of trustees is a Crown entity. A Crown entity is an organisation that is part of New Zealand’s public sector. The board’s job is to see that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically, and as well as possible in the best interests of its students.


It is also the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school or kura. The principal is the board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the school or kura in line with the board’s direction and policies.

Lynley Shaw

Board Chair

Lynley enjoys playing an active part of our growing community and having been previously part of the Establishment Board of Rolleston College; it gives her great pleasure to continue and ensure that our vision for the school gets well embedded into the culture.  

She offers a broad range of skills required for this Board with a background in legal, financial and property.  As Lynley’s daughter attends Rolleston College, she has a personal interest in seeing this School functioning successfully, ensuring the learner is always at the core of decisions made and enabling every child to be a high performing individual.

Greg Knowles

Deputy Board Chair

Another member of the Rolleston community since 2014. Greg is married to Bridgit and together they have three kids, the oldest a foundation pupil at Rolleston College. His original involvement with Rolleston College was as a member of the Establishment Board of Trustees, formed to establish and open Rolleston College. 

With a background in marine electronics Greg has worked in the industry in Europe, Africa, South America and the Pacific. Greg and Bridgit now operate their own business importing and distributing work apparel and designing and installing remote camera, communications and power systems throughout New Zealand. A passion for the outdoors, he was a Bushcraft instructor with the NZ Mountain Safety Council prior to the disestablishment of its training section. Greg is also on the local Scout and Residents Assoc committees.

Rachel Sketon

Board Trustee


As a foundation staff member of Rolleston College, Rachel has helped lead a variety of school-wide initiatives with a particular focus on pastoral care, student leadership and professional development focus. 

Committed to our vision Rachel is passionate about engaging with students, staff, whanau and community. Rachel holds firm to the belief that learning is for life, not just for school. Trained in Te Kotahitanga, conversant in Restorative Practices and Teaching as Inquiry. Rachel has been instrumental in launching and embedding the Ministry’s Positive Behaviour for Learning framework here at the College.  

Rachel brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise from a range of other Secondary schools. As Deputy Principal of Western Springs College, she was instrumental in securing innovation grants to support teacher professional development. Along with tenure at Massey High School, Rachel was also a house dean and teacher at Queen Charlotte College in Picton during her husband‘s posting to RNZAF Base Woodbourne. All three previous schools have allowed Rachel the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging repertoire of skills and interact with diverse and varied groups of students.

Barry Ward 

Board Trustee

Finance Portfolio

Barry Ward is married to Anne-Maree with three children; Alessandra, Ted and Luke. They live in West Melton on a lifestyle farmlet. The children have all attended West Melton primary. Alessandra and Ted currently attend Rolleston College.

Barry has a background of over 20 years in hotel management and helped establish a charitable trust for assisted employment services. He has been involved in the farming and building industry for many years and was a former educator with the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Currently Barry maintains the finance portfolio on the Rolleston College Board. As a board member it has been challenging and exciting to be involved in the direction and governance of the College to date. Barry enjoys the opportunity to work with the other board members and staff to help Rolleston College achieve the expectations of the learners, staff, community and the Ministry Of Education.   

Bronwyn Hoy

Board Trustee

Staff Representative

Lead Learner of Social Science and Community Engagement, Bronwyn brings 20 years teaching experience from both New Zealand and the UK.  Married to Kevin, Bronwyn has two children, a 6-year-old daughter who attends Clearview Primary and a 4 -year-old son who attends Three Trees Learning Centre.  

A foundation staff member of Rolleston College, Bronwyn is passionate about the opportunities before the staff to deliver on the vision to help every learner stand and succeed as the individual they are.  

Natasha Rodley

Board Trustee

Passionate about making a difference, Natasha has a vested interest in the community and wants Rolleston College to be the best it can be for our students and staff.  Married to Scott, Natasha has a 13-year-old stepdaughter in her first year at Rolleston College, with a stepson at Rolleston School, who will attend Rolleston College in the future. 

Currently a senior manager in the Canterbury Police, Natasha has had a diverse career within the NZ Police, starting as a Constable in Counties Manukau and a recruit instructor at Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua.  Also, a Chartered Accountant Natasha has worked for organisations like Deloitte, Fonterra and Vodafone (amongst others) at a senior level. 

Having served on a number of Boards, Natasha understands the mechanics of governance and is willing to challenge to ensure we are improving continually. Evidence shows diverse boards are more successful, so is a firm believer that our board should be diverse and represent the community it is part of.

Tim Hartnell

Board Trustee

Tim Hartnell, married to Stephanie, and they have one son who is currently at Rolleston College. I believe in creating a better future for the next generation and creating an environment where our children can be an individual and also thrive in the real world.  

“I have a real desire to help the community and to assist those in need, creating a better and safer community for everyone.  Having lived in Rolleston since 2014, I am a member of the Selwyn Civil Defence Response Team, Rolleston Lions, and Rolleston Scout Group. We love being part of this fantastic community.” 

A big-picture person, Tim enjoys structure and process and seeing the job through to completion.   im currently works as a Program Manager/trainer, for a non-profit organisation whose vision is to “Create Better, Safer Drivers.” I bring with me a range of experiences and abilities that will support our school community, such as good people skills, fast learner and people orientated. Throughout my 12 years in the Police, I have gained skills dealing with conflict and critical situations that can arise.

Rolleston College Policy Documents

Child Protection Policy & Procedures (February 2021)

RC Curriculum Policy, Principles and Practices (Aug 2019)

Personnel Policy and Principles (March 2020) 

RC Documentation and Self Review Policy & Procedures (Sept 2018)

RC Finance Policy & Procedures (Oct 2019)

Health and Safety Policy & Procedures (May 2018)

RC International Learner Policy, Practices and Procedures (Aug 2019)

Rolleston College Charter

RC Charter and Strategic Plan 2021